Patient Support and Financial Resources
Alaska Chronic & Acute Medical Assistance (CAMA) Program
The Chronic & Acute Medical Assistance (CAMA) program is a state funded program designed to help needy Alaskans who have specific illnesses get the medical care they need to manage those illnesses. It is a program primarily for people age 21 through 64 who do not qualify for Medicaid benefits, have very little income, and have inadequate or no health insurance.
Quality Improvement Organziation
Quality Improvement Organizations receive and investigate patient grievances relating to quality of care generally (e.g., complaints regarding physicians, hospitals, or outpatient facilities other than dialysis facilities). They usually attempt to mediate any disputes brought to their attention. They also engage in quality improvement activities unrelated to patient complaints. Quality Improvement Organizations operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs offer one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families regarding eligibility and coverage. State Health Insurance Assistance Programs operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
ESRD Networks receive and investigate patient grievances relating to dialysis care. They usually attempt to mediate any disputes brought to their attention. They also engage in quality improvement activities unrelated to patient complaints. ESRD Networks operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
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- Adult Programs: Alaska Medicaid Quality health care services to eligible low-income adults, children, families with children, and pregnant women.
- Programs for Children: Denali KidCare is a State of Alaska program to ensure that children and teens of both working and non-working families can have the health insurance they need.
Organ Donor Registry
Organ donation can save as many eight lives through transplantation. There are nearly 100,000 kidney patients on the transplant list with only 10,000 donors. This disparity leads to an average wait time of 3-5 years to receive a transplant. To learn more about joining the registry, please visit the resources listed below.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Alaska.
- Medicaid: It is unknown at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid eligibility.
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 20, 2015
Adjourns: April 17, 2015
In Recess: April 20, 2015- January 1, 2016